Vatican approves 'miracle' needed for Padre Pio canonisation
The Capuchin friar Padre Pio could be made a saint next year after the approval of a second miracle attributed to him.
A board of specialists appointed by the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints declared that the recovery of a seven-year-old boy from meningitis had no scientific explanation.
Matteo Pio, from Padre Pio's home town of San Giovanni Rotondo in southern Italy, fell into a coma last January. After 11 days he awoke and said the friar had taken him by the hand in a dream and assured him that he would recover.